Is there anything you have to sacrifice for an object’s longevity?
There’s a physical aspect and an emotional aspect that contribute to the longevity of an object. Physically, solidity is important to us—in terms of a continuous shape in one material, and in terms of sheer mass. We choose materials and surfacing that age well, or no surfacing at all. From an emotional point of view, it is impossible to ensure an object will stay relevant for 100 years. We approach that problem by choosing categories that have been a part of our collective culture for centuries. We draw inspiration from a timeline that stretches well before modernism and the birth of the industry.
Does your interest in sustainability extend to other parts of your life?
I’m not really a slow living kind of guy. However, we only bring high-quality objects into our home. I don’t have a car, and I walk a lot, and I spend a lot of time cooking.
Your objects are meant to be used for generations. Do you have any prized possessions that have been passed down to you?
No, my parents are very much alive and keep their possessions close! [Laughs] However, one of my most cherished items is a small brown bear figurine carved from pine wood. I don’t know the origin because it came from a thrift shop in Arvika, Sweden. It holds a mysterious sadness that I love.
This story originally appeared on Skandiastyle.com